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Jon Sobel is an Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Music Review: The Whiskey Gentry – ‘Holly Grove’


For infectious high-energy country-bluegrass fun, I haven't heard much lately that can beat The Whiskey Gentry's new CD. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Keeping Up Appearances: The Collector’s Edition’


"The lady of the house speaking." The complete misadventures of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "bouquet") are now packaged in one box for American audiences. Read More »

Concert Review: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Brad Mehldau at Carnegie Hall, October 9, 2013


The jazz pianist and composer holds his own amidst Beethoven and Brahms with an inspiring concert piece. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Sarah Flood in Salem Mass’ by Adriano Shaplin

Photo by Hunter Canning

A new take on the run-up to the Salem witch trials proves a gripping work with echoes of Shakespeare as well as 'The Crucible.' Read More »

Music Review: Patty Griffin – ‘Silver Bell’


Recorded for A&M Records in 2000 but never before released, Griffin's "lost" album finally sees the light of day. Read More »

Dance-Theater Review (NYC): ‘A Rite’ at BAM


"The Rite of Spring" descends on Brooklyn in an exciting new context. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Basil Twist’s ‘Dogugaeshi’

Dogugaeshi, pictured Yumiko Tanaka (c) Richard Termine, courtesy of Tandem Otter Productions

Most shows have backdrops. But what happens when the backdrops are the show? Read More »

Music Review: Wild Ponies – ‘Things That Used to Shine’


You can feel the raw emotion in these well-crafted songs, and especially in Telisha Williams's voice as she sings songs of experience, but not of innocence. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle’ by Ross Dungan


Hit by a car and killed, 58-year-old Eric Argyle awakens into a bewildering procedural nightmare. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Brendan at the Chelsea’ by Janet Behan

'Brendan at the Chelsea' starring Adrian Dunbar, photo courtesy of Lyric Theatre

A scintillating play explores the time Brendan Behan spent in New York's Chelsea Hotel in 1963 shortly before his early death. Read More »